Another Taiwan Millions Tournament wrapped up at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association in Taipei City. This latest edition, which is now #5, ran for ten days from January 16 to 27 with 18 events lined up throughout. The Main Event drew the largest attendance of 645 entries, breaking its previous record of 537 set last year. In total, 16 countries were represented. Hong Kong brought in a mighty force of around 40 players. Awarded the top prize was Kaohsiung’s Lin Chen Yi for his triumph at the Main Event. We’ve got the results for you below along with other big winners.
Lin Chen Yi wins the Main Event
The 645-entry field Main Event with its NT$ 8,000 (~US$ 260) buy-in generated a prize pool of NT$ 4,254,420 (~US$ 138,200). This more than doubled the advertised 2M guarantee. The pot was divvied up among the top 96 players. The final table round up of course earned the largest cuts with champion Lin Chen Yi pocketing NT$ 800,000 (~US$ 26,000). Lin was a killing machine at the final table of 9. He eliminated 6 of his 8 opponents, even cracking aces with pocket fives.
Final table payouts
1st Lin Chen Yi – Taiwan – NT$ 800,000
2nd Vincent Videau – France – NT$ 490,000
3rd Fai Kin Chung – Hong Kong – NT$ 350,000
4th Jen Chun Chiu – Taiwan – NT$ 270,000
5th Tzu Cheng Chiu – Taiwan – NT$ 213,000
6th Yan Zhang Lee – Hong Kong – NT$ 166,000
7th Jen Yen Chien – Taiwan – NT$ 121,000
8th Po Hung Lai – Taiwan – NT$ 82,620
9th Chuang Pi Tsung – Taiwan – NT$ 65,600
Kan Han Lee wins the opening event
Another event pulling in a big field was the NT$ 3500 Warm Up tournament. 495 entered for a prize pool over NT$ 1.4M (NT$ 45,500). The event ran for four days concluding with Kan Han Lee claiming the title. Lee earned NT$ 270,000 (NT$ 8,700) for his victory.
Final 9 payouts
1st Kan Han Lee – NT$ 270,000
2nd Kai Fong Hsuei – NT$ 170,000
3rd Po Cheng Wu – NT$ 122,400
4th Inkuei Tan – NT$ 96,300
5th Jun Shan Yeh – NT$ 75,600
6th Quan Tai Du – NT$ 59,000
7th Guan Lung Cheng – NT$ 44,100
8th Jae Wan Park – NT$ 30,800
9th Hui Chieh Chang – NT$ 25,250
The NT$ 50,000 (~US$ 1,600) High Roller event attracted 34 to the tables. This generated a NT$ 1,454,100 prize pool. Six players earned a piece with Chie Jien Chu pocketing the largest share by defeating Alan King Lun Lau at heads up. Chu walked away with NT$ 549,200 (~US$ 17,800). This was the second largest payout of the series.
1st Chi Jien Chu – Taiwan – NT$ 549,200
2nd Alan King Lun Lau – Hong Kong – NT$ 336,200
3rd Co Chung Chuen – Taiwan – NT$ 212,600
4th Chen Yu Hung – Taiwan – NT$ 155,800
5th Terry Fan – Taiwan – NT$ 111,300
6th Chih Ying Lian – Taiwan – NT$ 89,000
Apart from the High Roller event, the Shot Clock tournament had one of the bigger buy-ins of NT$ 12,000 (~US$ 390). A total of 101 signed up for a prize pool of NT$ 1,060,076. Female player Tsui Han Hsiao shipped the NT$ 281,376 (US$9,100) for her victory.
The NT$ 15,000 TMT Special drew 63 entries for a prize pool of NT$ 824,985. Only the top 8 places were paid. Taiwan’s Pi Ying Hsu came out on top to claim the NT$ 247,585 first prize.
Up next in Taiwan
With the largest local tournament completed, coming up next is APT Taiwan 2019 taking place from February 20 to March 3. This will be the first time the tour sets foot in Taiwan. The event boasts of a NT$ 10,000 guarantee split evenly between the Main Event and the Championships Event. A total of 23 events are lined up with buy-ins ranging from NT$ 5,500 to NT$ 215,000.
Article by Tricia David